Only a fifth of 17.3 million Britons suffering from back pain will ever recover, according to studies

Only a fifth of 17.3 million Britons suffering from back pain will ever recover, according to studies

  • A study has shown that only 20 percent of patients with back pain see the symptoms disappear
  • Researchers followed almost 13,000 people with back problems for 16 years
  • They found that the majority of patients had persistent or recurrent back pain

Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail

It is bad news for the many who suffer from the pain of back pain. Whatever treatments they try – such as heat pads, chiropractic treatments or ergonomic chairs – only one in five can expect to recover.

A study has shown that only 20 percent of patients see their symptoms disappear.

Researchers who followed nearly 13,000 people for 16 years found that the majority of patients had persistent or recurrent back pain that they could not beat.

The study warns that back pain can have a long-lasting effect even after people have apparently become better [File photo]

The study warns that back pain can have a long-lasting effect even after people have apparently become better [File photo]

The research by the Krembil Research Institute in Canada concludes that other experts may have found it wrong to suggest back pain in the vast majority of cases & # 39; will solve.

Nearly one in five people in their study suffered from persistent, persistent pain, with a third who occasionally experienced pain.

Low back pain affects four out of five people at some point in their lives and is the biggest cause of disability in Britain, causing one in eight sick days.

Dr. Mayilee Canizares, who led the study, said: "The bad news was that one in five experienced persistent back pain had, with an additional group – almost one in three – who developed back problems over time.

These two groups were associated with greater pain-limiting activity, disability and depression, as well as increased medication use. & # 39;

People with physically demanding jobs were more likely to have back pain, but also more likely to recover from it.

The study warns that back pain can have a long-lasting effect even after people have apparently become better.

Dr Canizares said: "The good news is that one in five has been recovered – but they continued to use it [painkillers] and antidepressants, suggesting that people who recover from back pain require continuous monitoring. & # 39;

  It is bad news for the many who suffer from the pain of back pain. Whatever treatments they try, such as heat pads, chiropractic treatments or ergonomic chairs, only one in five can expect to recover [File photo]

  It is bad news for the many who suffer from the pain of back pain. Whatever treatments they try, such as heat pads, chiropractic treatments or ergonomic chairs, only one in five can expect to recover [File photo]

It is bad news for the many who suffer from the pain of back pain. Whatever treatments they try – such as heat pads, chiropractic treatments or ergonomic chairs – only one in five can expect to recover [File photo]

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